How Much Do Medical Scientists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Medical Scientists

Medical Scientists conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$101800 per year
Hourly wage
$49 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$50,240 to $63,400 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$24 to $30 per hour

Entry-level Medical Scientists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $50,240 to $63,400 per year or $24 to $30 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Medical Scientists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $79 $164,650
Senior (Top 25%) $61 $126,270
Middle (Mid 50%) $44 $91,510
Junior (Bottom 25%) $30 $63,400
No experience (Bottom 10%) $24 $50,240

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CT $65 $135,570
ME $65 $134,760
TN $61 $126,950
NJ $61 $126,530
RI $59 $121,860
CA $56 $116,230
HI $55 $113,830
DE $55 $113,490
IN $54 $111,940
MA $53 $109,830

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Medical Scientist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CT doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CT might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Medical Scientists are in the states of CT, ME, TN, NJ and RI.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $164700 $79.18
Employment Services $141380 $67.97
Federal Executive Branch $136970 $65.85
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $122440 $58.87
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $121190 $58.26
Grantmaking and Giving Services $120080 $57.73
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $117880 $56.68
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $117110 $56.30
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $116790 $56.15
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $116720 $56.12
Outpatient Care Centers $116470 $55.99
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $115410 $55.48
Management of Companies and Enterprises $114930 $55.25
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $111780 $53.74
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $111620 $53.66
Scientific Research and Development Services $110540 $53.14
Social Advocacy Organizations $108100 $51.97
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $106130 $51.03
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $103970 $49.99
Local Government $97750 $46.99
Offices of Physicians $97700 $46.97
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $97060 $46.67
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $95990 $46.15
State Government $94610 $45.49
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $93250 $44.83
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $82900 $39.85
Specialty Hospitals $82760 $39.79
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $77380 $37.20
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $ $*

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